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Dominika Ksel, Nana Adusei-Poku, Christa Bell, and Jasmine Murrell, Shores of the Abyss, 2015, mixed media. Installation view. Photo: Cassander Eeftinck-Schattenkerk. From “HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?”

HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

Dominika Ksel, Nana Adusei-Poku, Christa Bell, and Jasmine Murrell, Shores of the Abyss, 2015, mixed media. Installation view. Photo: Cassander Eeftinck-Schattenkerk. From “HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?”

HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?—or the Yams for short—is an international collective consisting of more than forty musicians, visual artists, poets, actors, and writers. Their constellation is the coming together of race-conscious, queer, feminist, and critically discursive producers in order to reveal a nonnormative creative and intellectual alternative that might actually influence what they see as the limited and prejudiced construct of contemporary art. Although they have been working together in various forms for twenty years, their formal collaboration was instigated a year ago when they were invited as a collective to finish their film Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, 2014, for the Whitney Biennial. Their participation in the Biennial ended contentiously with their withdrawal as a protest against the institution’s politics and unwillingness to engage in a

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